Each year tens of thousands of women and men from North America participate in short-term mission trips sponsored by local churches, mission organizations, and Christian colleges.1
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I am concerned that short-term missions has gotten out of hand.
What is the message of short-term missions for today? And what does it tell us about the future of the evangelical missions enterprise from North America?
Are short-term missions trips the panacea for missions, or are they part of the larger problem of missions? Actually, the truth is somewhere in the middle.
Tremendous amounts of financial and human resources have gone into short-term missions in the last two decades. Is the effort, time, and money worth it? More importantly, what is the biblical basis for short-term missions?
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